The Army is responsible for conducting cleanup of the former Fort Ord, but it must do so in a manner that complies with federal and state laws and under the supervision of federal and state regulatory agencies. The Fort Ord cleanup is being conducted under the Superfund or “CERCLA” cleanup process. CERCLA is an acronym for the federal law entitled the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, also known as Superfund. It encompasses cleanup of soil and groundwater that contain hazardous substances such as metals, pesticides, and other chemical contaminants common to landfills, firing ranges, and other military sites.
At Fort Ord, the Superfund cleanup is supervised by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, California Department of Toxic Substances Control and the Regional Water Quality Control Board. Under an agreement between the Army and regulatory agencies, each agency assigns a representative to the (Base Realignment and Closure) BRAC Cleanup Team, or BCT for short.
This team meets once a month, although there are typically no meetings scheduled for December. There is a meeting specific to the munitions cleanup and another meeting for property transfer, soil and water cleanup. These meeting minutes are a part of the Administrative Record. The links below will take you to this year’s and last year’s meeting summary notes. The BCT meeting summary notes for previous years are included in the Administrative Record.
Soil and Water Cleanup BRAC Cleanup Team (BCT) Minutes
Munitions Response (MR) Cleanup BRAC Cleanup Team (BCT) Minutes